Flavorful Whole Chicken Recipes To Make the Most of Every Piece of the Bird

BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots
Photo: Greg DuPree

From frying to roasting to slow cooking, there are many different ways you can prepare a whole chicken. If you've been intimidated with the task of cooking a whole bird, a simple slow-cooker recipe will be an easy place to start. If you're a more experienced cook and want to try a new method, we recommend giving spatchcocking a try. Whether you're serving chicken for a weeknight supper or for weekend entertaining, these recipes for cooking a whole chicken are flavorful, delicious, and ensure there's enough meat for everyone. Here are our best whole chicken recipes to make the most of every piece of the bird.

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BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots

BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots
Greg DuPree

Recipe: BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots

The easy homemade rub in this recipe gives chicken plenty of BBQ flavor and can be stored in an airtight container to use on other dishes as well.

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Roasted Spatchcock Chicken

Garlicky Roasted Spatchcock Chicken
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Roasted Spatchcock Chicken

Spatchcocking the bird before cooking, which is the process of removing the backbone, allows meat to cook more quickly and evenly.

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Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Iain Bagwell; Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck; Food Stylist: Ana Kelly

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

This recipe can be made with one large chicken or two smaller ones.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken

Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken

If you find cooking a whole chicken intimidating, this recipe couldn't be easier. It requires just 15 minutes of hands-on time and your slow cooker will do the rest of the work.

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Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick

Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick

This recipe uses the weight of a cast-iron skillet filled with potatoes to keep chicken flat against the grill grates.

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"Man Catching" Fried Chicken with Honey-Pecan Glaze

"Man Catching" Fried Chicken with Honey-Pecan Glaze
Erin Adams; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: "Man Catching" Fried Chicken with Honey-Pecan Glaze

As the name implies, this recipe was originally borrowed from a former First Lady of Alabama who claimed her fried chicken had such powers.

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Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken

Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken

Your slow cooker and ingredients that can probably already be found in your pantry help this tangy chicken recipe come together.

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Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken

Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken
Helen Norman

Recipe: Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken

For best results, make sure to allow the chicken to chill in the brine for 6 to 8 hours before cooking.

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Lemon-Rosemary Chicken

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken
Oxmoor House

Recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Chicken

You're just five ingredients and ten minutes of hands-on time away from enjoying fresh lemon rosemary chicken.

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Roasted Chicken with Apples and Herbs

Roasted Chicken with Apples and Herbs
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Apples and Herbs

Apples and shallots surround the bird for a beautiful (and delicious) centerpiece.

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